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Tiffany Chung: Revealing History

I have to make sure that this is not a fiction. People don’t see it as a fiction, or as a work of art. It is real. And it was real lived experience.

Tiffany Chung

Tiffany Chung’s installation, flotsam and jetsam, is the first work in her series entitled ‘the unwanted population: The Vietnam Exodus—Hong Kong chapter (1975–2000)’. This work is based on Chung's research at the UNHCR archives into the settlement of the largest group of refugees of the second half of the twentieth century, known as the Vietnamese boat people, in Hong Kong. This work was based on photographic documentation of the refugee camps in Hong Kong, and made in collaboration with a young Vietnamese artists in Ho Chi Minh City.

Chung's methodology involved the younger artists in a process of transcribing these photographs into watercolour paintings. Through the close examination, and interrogation of the scenes that the artists were painstakingly depicting, this process has been instrumental in their recovery of a painful episode in Vietnam's history that continues to resonate worldwide today.

Video Credits

Produced by M+
Videographer: CPAK STUDIO
Curatorial Research: Chloe Chow, Tina Pang
Special Thanks: Tiffany Chung, Natalie Harding, Christel Pesme, Spring Workshop

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Part of the series “Artist’s Lens

Artist’s Lens features interviews with a variety of artists and makers in the M+ Collections.